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Microgravity Marangoni

Astronauts are preparing an experiment on the Marangoni effect, in which a variation in surface tension can cause mass flow, for flight aboard the International Space Station. The effect, also responsible for causing tears of wine, will benefit from study in microgravity because competing effects like gravity-induced sedimentation and buoyant convection will be negligible. Astronaut Ron Garan reports more on the upcoming experiment on the Fragile Oasis blog.

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